Nokia Launches OZO Live worldwide, showcasing at the ACL Music Festival

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Nokia has announced the availability of OZO Live, a software solution allowing premium live broadcasting of 3D 360 VR video and audio experiences with the OZO camera, across the US, Canada, EU, China, Macau, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan and South Korea.

Nokia is offering existing and new OZO camera customers a free one-year license to OZO Live, in order to foster the adoption of live VR.

Nokia’s OZO Live is a software solution that runs on reference hardware and enables the OZO camera to broadcast live VR experiences at scale. With high-quality real-time 3D stitching and delivery of premium 3D 360 video and audio experiences, OZO Live brings people courtside with their favorite team, backstage with their favorite musician or on the front line in a breaking news story – all with unprecedented efficiency and quality.

The OZO Live one-year commercial license is available for purchase now in select global markets for $9,000 USD /€8,000. For a limited time through the end of 2016, Nokia is enabling the VR market by offering a free 12-month license for all existing and new OZO camera customers.

To kick off the global availability of OZO Live, Nokia is showcasing this weekend at the Austin City Limits Music Festival, September 30 to October 2, to broadcast one of the world’s largest live VR productions to date. The professional production utilising six OZO cameras to broadcast a fully-immersive, live 3D 360 VR experience from the concert stage, featuring headliners such as Mumford and Sons, Nathaniel Rateliff, Brett Dennen, City and Colour and Honne. The immersive VR experience is exclusively available through the Samsung VR app.

“ACL Fest is an Austin original with great artists and loyal fans,” said Daniel Gibbs, Video Director for the Austin City Limits Music Festival. “VR is quickly become the most immersive way to experience the performances and relying on OZO and OZO Live to capture and deliver a first-hand VR experience to fans worldwide is the next best thing to being on stage with your favorite artist.”

First announced earlier this year, OZO Live has already been used by select partners to stream high-profile, professional events including P!nk’s live performance from the red carpet premiere of “Alice Through the Looking Glass”, the Pope’s mass during World Youth Day and a Red Hot Chili Peppers concert in Berlin last month.

“OZO has quickly become the preferred choice of professional VR content creators because it’s easy to use and seamlessly fits into professional workflows,” said Paul Melin, vice president, digital media and technology licensing at Nokia Technologies. “OZO Live extends that capability by allowing professional content creators to broadcast live VR from events like the Austin City Limits Music Festival, giving audiences a virtual front-row seat right from their own living rooms.”